Reina playing for Liverpool in 2011
|Full name||José Manuel Reina Páez|
|Date of birth||31 August 1982|
|Place of birth||Madrid, Spain|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|EF Madrid Oeste|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:10, 19 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
José Manuel "Pepe" Reina Páez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpepe ˈreina ˈpaeθ]; born 31 August 1982) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Spanish national football team.
The son of famed FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Miguel Reina, Reina began his career with the Barcelona youth team and made his La Liga debut in the 2000–01 season. He signed for Villarreal in 2002, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup twice. However, he soon moved on to Liverpool and made his debut in the 2005 UEFA Super Cup, which Liverpool won. He instantly became first-choice goalkeeper and went on to win both the FA Cup – where he saved three out of four West Ham United penalties in the final – and the FA Community Shield. In 2007, he reached the Champions League Final with Liverpool, matching the feat achieved by his father in 1974, but they lost to A.C. Milan.
At international level, Reina played for Spain's youth team, winning the UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in 1999. He made his senior debut in 2005, and has generally been selected as the second-choice keeper behind Iker Casillas. He was part of the Spain squad for the 2006 World Cup and made one appearance in their victorious 2008 European Championship campaign, earning him his first international honour. He was later part of the Spain squads that won their first ever World Cup in 2010 and their third European Championship in 2012.
Reina has been an ever-present fixture for Liverpool in the league since the start of the 2007–08 season. He is also the record holder for appearances by a Spanish player in the Premier League, with more than 200 appearances in just the first five seasons, 108 of the 219 appearances being clean sheets. In the 2010–11 season, he kept his 100th Premier League clean sheet for Liverpool, in a 3–0 win against Aston Villa.
Reina is well known for his distribution, and ability to save penalties. He is the vice-captain for Liverpool in the absence of Steven Gerrard. Reina has set a number of goalkeeping records for Liverpool and won the Premier League Golden Glove award for clean sheets in his first three seasons at the club.
Son of the former FC Barcelona goalkeeper, Miguel Reina, José Manuel began his football career in the youth academy of Barcelona, La Masia. From 1997 he played as a first-choice goalkeeper for the Barcelona reserve side, which then competed in the third tier in the Spanish football pyramid. In 2000 Aged 18 he was called up for the Barcelona first-team, after the first and second choice goalkeepers, Richard Dutruel and Francesc Arnau, suffered injuries. According to the first-team coach Serra Ferrer, who had called up Reina, the keeper showed great promise, but after a couple of months Ferrer was himself fired and Reina demoted from first team action. Two years later, in 2002, he was loaned out to Villarreal, becoming their first-choice goalkeeper. Following some good performances, he caught the attention of Liverpool .
Reina was signed by Liverpool from Villarreal in July 2005, with manager Rafael Benítez hailing him as "the best goalkeeper in Spain". Reina made his Liverpool debut against Total Network Solutions, now known as The New Saints, in the first qualifying round for the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League.
For the 2005–06 season, Reina took over as Liverpool's first-choice goalkeeper, relegating 2005 Champions League hero Jerzy Dudek to the bench. At the start of the season on 17 August 2005, Reina made his international debut for Spain in a friendly against Uruguay. Spain won 2–0.
The season turned out to be successful for Liverpool as they improved upon the previous year's league placing and won the FA Cup. It was also a huge success personally for Reina as he notched up Liverpool records. On 3 December 2005, Reina kept his sixth consecutive clean sheet against Wigan Athletic in the Premier League, to break the Liverpool club record for successive clean sheets in the Premiership era. He surpassed David James' record of five games, from the 1996–97 season. Reina's incredible run ended at eight league games, when Everton's James Beattie headed past him into the Liverpool net in Liverpool's 3–1 win over their Merseyside rivals, on 28 December 2005. Reina also broke Liverpool's consecutive clean-sheet record, with 11 between October and December 2005. Mineiro, of São Paulo, finally scored past him on 18 December 2005, during the FIFA Club World Cup Final.
A big talking point occurred on 5 February 2006, in a league game against Chelsea. Reina, having made a challenge on Eiður Guðjohnsen moments earlier, was controversially sent off for patting the face of Arjen Robben, who fell down theatrically, described as "going down like he'd been sledgehammered" by pundit (and ex-Liverpool player) Alan Hansen. Liverpool ended up losing the game 2–0 and Reina was given a three match ban. On 16 April 2006, Reina celebrated his 50th appearance for Liverpool by keeping a clean sheet against Blackburn Rovers. As a result, he holds a Liverpool record for the fewest goals conceded by a keeper in their first 50 games. The previous record was set by Ray Clemence in 1970–71, when he conceded 32 goals. Reina conceded just 29. In May 2006, Reina was awarded the Premier League's Golden Glove award for keeping 20 clean sheets in the 2005–06 season.
In the final domestic game of the season – the FA Cup Final on 13 May 2006 – Reina made a number of errors to allow the Hammers to lead 3–2. Steven Gerrard saved Reina's blushes with a late equaliser, before the goalkeeper made a crucial save in extra time. The match ended 3–3 and went to penalties, where Reina saved three out of four penalties to gain the cup win.
During the 2006–07 season, despite making early season blunders (most notably against Liverpool city rivals Everton in a 3–0 defeat), Reina's status as Liverpool's number-one keeper was further cemented by Dudek's conceding nine goals within a week in two cup ties against Arsenal. After the 2007 Champions League semi-final first-leg against Chelsea, Reina was awarded man of the match by Liverpool supporters thanks to a string of superb saves, including two stunning saves from England midfielder Frank Lampard. He repeated his good form in the second leg, keeping a clean sheet. The match went to a penalty shootout, where Reina reinforced his penalty-saving reputation, stopping two of the three Chelsea kicks as Liverpool won 4–1. On his return home from the match, he discovered his house in Woolton had been burgled. Three weeks later in Athens, Reina became only the third player to follow in his father's footsteps by appearing in a European Cup final. Reina signed a new deal with Liverpool – until 2012 – on 7 June 2007.
On 2 February 2008, Reina became the quickest goalkeeper in Liverpool history to keep a half century of clean sheets. He hit the milestone during a 3–0 win against Sunderland, on his 92nd league outing, beating the previous record by three. He then went on to tie with Petr Čech for the Barclays Golden Glove award for the season, but Čech was awarded the trophy with a better goals to game ratio. Reina signed a new contract with Liverpool, replacing his previous one. The contract keeps him at Anfield until 2016. About signing for such a long time he said "Why commit? Because I am happy here and I think the club is happy too. I see no reason to leave."
Reina got his 2010–11 season off to a mixed start, making some world class saves against Arsenal in Liverpool's opening Premier League fixture, before pushing Marouane Chamakh's effort into his own goal. Manager Roy Hodgson, club captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher were all quick to get behind Reina and back him to not let the mistake affect his season. In the Europa League match against SSC Napoli, in the second half both Gerrard and Carragher were absent, so Reina once again captained the team to a credible 0–0 draw.
It was announced by manager Roy Hodgson on 1 December 2010 that Reina would captain the Reds in their forthcoming match against Steaua in the Europa League. This was due to the absences of regular club captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher. Reina captained Liverpool in the Premier League on 6 December 2010, in a 3–0 victory against Aston Villa. This clean sheet gave him his 100th in 198 games, the fastest Liverpool keeper to reach this landmark. On 9 May 2011, Reina played his 150th consecutive league game for Liverpool. Reina was only one of two players to have played in all of Liverpool's league games for 2010–11 season. In June 2011, Reina had a double hernia operation.
Reina announced on 3 September 2011 that he wanted to stay at Liverpool for another five or six years, because he and his family had settled in so well, and the people were so nice to him.
On 1 April 2012, Reina received a red card in a 2–0 defeat against Newcastle United due to violent conduct on Newcastle player, James Perch. Reina hadn't missed a Liverpool league match for over five years. This resulted in Doni playing the next two games, against Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers (during the latter of which Doni was also sent off), meaning Doni became the first goalkeeper except Reina to play a league game since Daniele Padelli against Charlton Athletic on 13 May 2007. Reina also missed the FA Cup semi-final against Everton on 14 April, a game Liverpool went on to win 2–1 due to goals from Luis Suárez and Andy Carroll.
Reina has been a regular in the Spain national team since 2005, mostly as second-choice keeper after Iker Casillas. He was part of the team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
In October 2008, he and Casillas together broke the national record for the longest time spent without conceding a goal. The pair went unbeaten for 710 minutes, longer than the legendary Andoni Zubizarreta and Francisco Buyo. Wesley Sonck of Belgium ended their goalless streak when he scored against Spain in a World Cup qualifying match in 2010.
Reina married longtime girlfriend Yolanda Ruiz in Córdoba on 19 May 2006, before joining up with the Spanish national squad for the 2006 World Cup. The couple have four children, Grecia (born 25 February 2007), Alma (born 30 July 2008) , Luca (born 26 May 2011) and Thiago (born 23 March 2013). Reina was the former next door neighbour of Chelsea F.C. striker and Spanish international teammate Fernando Torres. His current next door neighbour is teammate Luis Suárez. He also used to live next door to Maxi Rodríguez before Maxi returned to Argentina. Pepe Reina didn't play in World Cup 2010, but after they become champions, he celebrated still. 
Although a steely and serious figure as goalkeeper, Reina is known for his exuberant, jester-like character off the pitch, often entertaining his teammates with jokes and songs, and famously acting as a crowd-pleasing master of ceremonies at Spain's official victory celebrations following the 2008 European Championship, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.
Cl.S. – Clean sheets.
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